The Triathlon at Pacific Grove - TriathlonOlympic

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Pacific Grove, California
United States
Tri California
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 47m 33s
Overall Rank = 235/978
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 49/104
Pre-race routine:

-Attended OWS clinic the week prior sponsored by Tri-California. This really helped and I highly recommend it if other races offer these clinics.

On the day of the race, I got up at 4:45 and got all my stuff together and went downstairs at the B&B for breakfast. Had oatmeal, Raspberry tea, one rice cake with peanut butter and banana. After I set up my transition area I also ate half of a PowerBar.
Event warmup:

-10 minutes on the bike
-10 minutes running and stretching
-5 minutes in the water getting acclimated

  • 31m 52s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

I was very very happy with my swim performance. After my DNF on the swim at Tri for Fun, I felt really good about overcoming my fears. It took me a few weeks of practicing in the open water, going to two clinics, and wearing the wetsuit to get more comfortable. I was able to regulate my breathing, bring my heart rate down and speed up and slow down as required. I felt very comfortable on both laps with the second lap seeming a little easier.

I got caught at the beginning of the next wave for my second lap, however I was able to pass some of the slower swimmers. There was some bumping and ankle grabbing and I am glad I was able to maintain form and composure. Can't forget the kelp - I hit a few patches that posed a challenge, but nothing major. The important thing is not to fight the kelp.

Completing the swim was a big confidence booster for me.
What would you do differently?:

-Goggles fogged - I have tried spit and defogger. That sucked!
-I really really need to work on my sighting as well as swimming straight! I could have completed this in under 30 minutes if I was able to swim in a straight line.
Transition 1
  • 03m 21s

T1 was ok although my shirt got stuck and running to the bike out in my bike shoes was not efficient. I was not out of breath coming up from the beach and felt very strong going into the bike. Getting the wetsuit off was not a problem.
What would you do differently?:

-Wear my tri shirt under my wetsuit
-Learn to have bike shoes clipped in
-My transition area was not well organized, although they had us bunched up really really close together.
  • 1h 19m 28s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.76 mile/hr

I felt strong on the bike and my average speed was inline with how I have been training. I did notice that there a lot of guys on the tri bikes that were just flying by me ... wow! Towards the end of the bike segment my legs and glutes were getting sore.
What would you do differently?:

-I need to get stronger on the bike, lift more weights in the offseason and increase my LT.
-Get properly fitted on my bike or get a tri bike.
Transition 2
  • 04m 29s

My legs were just about done after the bike. I had to sit on my ass to get my shoes on. It didn't help that my feet were still numb from the swim and bike. I had a hard time standing back up and jogging to the run out area. Freak'in jello legs.
What would you do differently?:

not have my legs feel like they were going to fall off!
  • 48m 16s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 46s  min/mile

It took me about 2 miles to get my legs under me. I was feeling better, but at mile 4 my quads started to really cramp up, them my hamstrings. I had to slow down with about a mile to go otherwise I am sure something would have snapped. I stayed hydrated and didn't feel thirsty on the run. I was happy with my time, but the run was painful.
What would you do differently?:

-Practice bike run bricks more often.
-Hit the weight room in the off season. I need to strengthen my legs and core.
-Understand the real cause of my cramps - lack of sodium?
Post race
Warm down:

-10 minutes of stretching
-Walking to and from B&B to watch the elite race. I just didn't want to sit and have my muscles tighten. Stretched some more.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

-Glutes and quads started cramping towards the middle of the run and worsened as I the end neared.

Event comments:

Tri-California put on a very well organized event. I will do this one again next year for sure. I want to thank my friend and fellow BT'r Geoff W. for all the coaching, advice, and support. He got me drinking the "tri" flavored Kool Aid and now I'm hooked.

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Last updated: 2007-07-09 12:00 AM
00:31:52 | 1500 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/104
Overall: 201/978
Performance: Average
Suit: 2XU Comp 1 Full
Course: Triangular 2 lap course. After lap 1 you get out of the water, run around a big rock and head back for lap 2. There is also a lot of kelp, hence the reason they call it the "kelp crawl." The water was calm and got a little choppy on the backend that stretched beyond the cove.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:21
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:19:28 | 24.85 miles | 18.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/104
Overall: 319/978
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Fairly flat course that follows the pacific coast. It was a beautiful ride with 3 miles out and 3 miles back x 4 loops. Few rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:29
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:48:16 | 06.21 miles | 07m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/104
Overall: 204/978
Performance: Average
Course: Flat three loop course. There were a few rolling hills on the backend of each loop.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4